The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.

Close approach of the Moon and Mars

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 at16:22 EST(26 days ago)
21:22 UTC

Dominic Ford, Editor
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The Moon and Mars will make a close approach, passing within 4°07' of each other. The Moon will be 3 days old.

From Newark (click to change), the pair will become visible at around 18:04 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 36° above your western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 3 hours and 35 minutes after the Sun at 21:21.

The Moon will be at mag -10.6, and Mars at mag 1.3, both in the constellation Pisces.

The pair will be too widely separated to fit within the field of view of a telescope, but will be visible to the naked eye or through a pair of binoculars.

A graph of the angular separation between the Moon and Mars around the time of closest approach is available here.

The positions of the two objects at the moment of closest approach will be as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
The Moon 01h33m20s +05°22' Pisces -10.6 32'17"6
Mars 01h28m20s +09°17' Pisces 1.3 4"5

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 42° from the Sun, which is in Aquarius at this time of year.

The sky on 01 March 2017
Sunrise: 06:29
Sunset: 17:46
Twilight
from 04:58
until 19:17

3-day old moon
Age of Moon:
3 days

All times shown in EST.
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:29 11:53 17:18
Venus 07:12 13:54 20:36
Moon 08:27 14:47 21:06
Mars 08:10 14:45 21:20
Jupiter 21:00 02:43 08:21
Saturn 02:22 07:03 11:45

Source

The circumstances of this event were computed using the DE405 planetary ephemeris published by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

This event was automatically generated by searching the ephemeris for planetary alignments which are of interest to amateur astronomers, and the text above was generated based on an estimate of your location.

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Image credit

The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.

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